Author Archives: Terry Butler

Members in the Spotlight

Don Specht

“American Goldfinches” by Don Specht

Once again one of Don’s photos in the Spring/Summer edition of Nature’s Best Photography Magazine in the Backyard category.  He’s been published there several times before but he says it’s always a thrill, and that he’s received nice feedback from around the country.   It’s interesting because before they publish your photo you need to send them the original (RAW if shot in RAW or JPEG) to make sure you didn’t alter it beyond what their rules allow.  Nature’s Best Photography Magazine is a large-format, award-winning, showcase of nature as recorded by the world’s leading professional photographers, naturalists, adventurers, as well as new, emerging photographers. You will find images and the stories behind the shots on topics such as wildlife, landscapes, plant life, travel, how-to photo tips, inspirational essays, and winners from their international photography competitions.  Click here for more information about this wonderful magazine.



Marianne Diericks

“Monarchs in Motion: by Marianne Diericks

Marianne learned that her photo “Monarchs in Motion” was accepted for the Fine Arts Exhibition at the MN State Fair.  This was a fun surprise. She had never thought about entering anything in the state fair but she recently had an enlargement of the monarchs photo framed and the owner encouraged her to enter it.   The photography category had 1114 entries, of which 160 were chosen for a 2nd round of judging and 114 were then selected for the exhibit.

Mary Johnson

Photo by Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson has officially started a professional art career!  She will be in the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery, 402 N. Main Street, Stillwater, in the Isaac Staples Building on the north end of town.








Mike Chrun

Photo by Mike Chrun

Photo by Mike Chrun

Mike will have two images in the 2020 “Minnesota Weatherguide Calendar and Almanac” publications.  One will be in the Engagement Calendar and the second one will be included in phrenology pages.   More about the calendar here.







Ken Krautbauer

“Head On #2” by Ken Krautbauer

Ken and former member Jeff Bucklew have had images selected to appear in the upcoming “Confluence of Art” exhibit at the Pablo Center in Eau Claire. This is the new art center, which opened last year. It is an impressive performing and visual art center on the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers. The exhibit runs from September 13 until November 3.

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August is here!

Ms. Grant’s Hair – photo by Keith Bridges

Our August 7 meeting will feature a competition salon.   I think the salons are one of the most important learning experiences our club offers, hearing both positive comments and ideas for improvement from our judge.  And they are full of inspiration!  Our judge this month is Keith Bridges who is a photographer, playwright and director who just recently moved to the Twin Cities area. His work in commercial and portrait photography has evolved these days into primarily fine art photography with prints and exhibits. His art projects range from still life to abstracts to contextualized portraits. His most recent fine art exhibit “Man Made” – a series of still life images (with accompanying snippets of dialogue) exploring the concept of masculinity – was featured at the Arts Center of St. Peter this past fall and at the Plymouth Creek Center Gallery this past winter. He lives with his awesome wife and daughter in Plymouth.

Black and White

Argenton Reflections – Terry Butler

On August 21, I will be making a presentation: “Black and White photography – a Personal Vision”.  Over the years I have had some success with this genre and will share my insights.  I will answer the questions, “why black and white?” and “what makes a successful black and white?”   I will share capture tips, demonstrate black and white conversions using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Silver Efex Pro and the use of dodging and burning.  The presentation will also include information on layer masks and adjustment layers.  I will also share some Photoshop actions for sharpening images.


Did you take part in the Scavenger Hunt on July 10?  The deadline for choosing your favorite photos for each item on the list is August 11.  At the September 4 meeting prizes will be awarded based on your vote.  The Scavenger Hunt gallery is here.

Wisconsin Public Television’s Photography Competition

You are invited to participate in the Garden & Landscape Expo Photography Competition. Designed to bring another form of imagery and perspective to Garden & Landscape Expo, the competition allows amateur photographers to demonstrate their skills and display their work. Photographs will be juried prior to the event, and selected photographs will be exhibited at Garden & Landscape Expo for nearly 20,000 attendees to admire. There are six entry categories and the application deadline is December 15.  Here is more information and online entry.

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July News


There was a great turnout last week for the Scavenger Hunt.  Be sure to send your photos in the next couple days to  If you need to get the submission guidelines, request them using the same email address.

Phipps Theater Photography Opportunities

Photo by Fred Sobottka – ISO 1600, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec,

Last week Fred Sobottka answered the call to photograph a dress rehearsal at the Phipps.  The show he shot was “Weekend Comedy”, which will be running Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons until the end of this month.  Fred reported that the lead actor was so funny and had great facial expressions.  The next photo opportunity will be on Wednesday, September 11 for “Population 485”, which will be directed by Collin Geraghty.  Shoot me an email or use the contact form if you are interested.  Collin would like three to four volunteers.


John Gregor Workshop September 6-8

John Gregor is offering a 3-day landscape photography workshop at the Phipps from September 6-8. This will be a combined field and classroom workshop.  The participants will make several 8 x 10 test prints and a single12 x 18 exhibition quality fine art print.  This is a great opportunity to learn from John without the expense of travel.  Information and registration link.

N4C Convention September 19-21

This year the convention is hosted by the Des Moines Camera Club.  There will be ten speakers, 8 guided field trips, 9 independent field trip options, the opening reception Thursday evening at the hotel, and a banquet meal with awards on each Friday and Saturday night.   Offerings include topics from techniques to getting the shot, wildlife to sports, street to macro, b/w processing, and showing your work.  Guided field trips place our experts at your side at some of our favorite locations.  Keynote speakers Don Komarechka and David Thoreson are sure to be captivating and leaving you with much to think about.  See the Des Moines Camera Club for more information and to register.  Both Sue Oberstar and I have attended N4C conventions in the past and they are worthwhile.   There is nothing better than to have a weekend to focus on our passion with a group of people who feel the same way.



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Booster Days – by Troy Schmidt

Did you get out to shoot fireworks this year?  Whether you made pictures at the Hudson Booster Days on Friday night or anywhere else, let’s create a gallery!  Even images taken in your own yard of sparklers or family celebrations will qualify.  Please send your favorites to  Give each image a meaningful title and include your name.

Posted in Just for fun, Photowalks

Annual Scavenger Hunt next Wednesday

Stilllwater Pedestrian Plaza

Our July 10 meeting will be the Annual Scavenger Hunt that will be held in Stillwater this year.   Meet Richard Hudson at the new Pedestrian Plaza on Main Street at 6:30 pm.  The Plaza is north of Lucky’s Gas Station and south of the Valley Bookseller.  Richard will have ice cream bars for everyone and will hand out a list of items to find and capture.  Images will be posted in a gallery and members will vote for their favorites for each category.  The winning images will be announced at the September 4 meeting with awards and all members who successfully capture every item on the list will receive a prize.       

Please use the contact form to let us know if you’ll be there so we have enough ice cream.  Here are the results from the 2018 Scavenger Hunt.

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Something for Everybody

Carl Wegener’s Macro Lighting Kit – Photo by Richard Hudson

We had a great meeting Wednesday night.    Following Peggy Boike’s presentation on macro photography, Bryan Leonard shared information on his macro gear that included extension tubes, macro couplers for reversing lenses, close-up lenses and tele-converters. Carl Wegener also brought his tabletop macro lighting kit.  Bryan will make a more complete presentation on macro next year.   Here is a pdf of Bryan and Carl’s presentation.

Photo Backup and the Cloud

Those of us who live in Hudson Township have been promised an upgrade to fiber optic cable from our provider, Baldwin Lightstream.  Ted Johnston, IT professional and former member, is one of their customers whose installation has been completed.  Ted says that the new fiber that Baldwin is laying gives you a synchronous connection.  Translation:  Most cable and DSL connections are asynchronous. The upload and download speeds are VERY different. Before the switch he had 75Mbps download and 4Mbps (or so) upload on their cable service. After the switch to fiber, he now has 75Mbps both upload and download.  Why this matters:  When backing up photos to “the cloud” you use the upload speed. This switch just increased the speed he can backup photos by almost 19 times. To give you a comparison- to get a 50Mbps synchronous connection at his office in Plymouth, Comcast quoted $450 per month.  Most people will not notice this increase in upload speed, but photographers backing up to the cloud certainly will.   A few years ago, Ted gave a presentation to the club on storage backup and the cloud.  You can still download it from our Learning page.  These days, he is recommending Backblaze for cloud storage.

Phipps Annual Call for Artists

The Phipps Annual Call for Artists deadline in July 1.  The Phipps seeks submissions from visual artists in Wisconsin and Minnesota for exhibition opportunities in 2021-2022 in the galleries of the Phipps and in four public exhibition programs in 2020: Hudson Hospital & Clinic; Westfields Hospital & Clinic in New Richmond, WI; Croixdale in Bayport, MN; and Woodland Hill in Hudson, WI.  Submissions for individuals and groups will be accepted, so this could be a great opportunity to make a submission for yourself, or to partner with someone else.  Click here for details. 


2017 Booster Days Fireworks Composite – Terry Butler

Hudson Booster Days fireworks will be on Friday, July 5 at dusk.  This year I will be taking the walking path on the south side of town that eventually parallels the I-94 bridge.  Feel free to join me…bring your tripod and bug spray.   The Booster Days parade will be on Saturday, July 6 at 11 am.   The parade could be another opportunity for getting those street photography photos that we need for the August Salon.  Stillwater fireworks will be on July 4 at 10:00 pm. Continue reading »

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Special Mid-month Meeting

On Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 pm, Peggy Boike make a presentation on Macro Photography.  She will explain what macro photography is and what equipment is useful.  She will also discuss techniques for creating appealing photos, such as dealing with macro’s notoriously narrow depth of field and recognizing good lighting.  Finally, she will cover basic composition as it is applied to macro photography.

Phlox Florets by Peggy Boike

Peggy is very active in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” in 2018.  She has earned PSA’s “MPSA” distinction, requiring at least 1,500 acceptances in international exhibitions.  She also judges international exhibitions.  She is a member of three Camera Clubs:  St. Paul Camera Club and St. Croix Valley Camera Club in Minnesota, as well as Grand Photos, in Surprise, Arizona, where she and her husband spend the winter months.  She has given numerous presentations, workshops and classes for photography clubs in Minnesota and Arizona.

After the break, Bryan Leonard will share information on his macro experience and equipment, Carl Wegener will discuss his lighting kit and there will be hands-on shooting opportunities if time allows.  Si bring your gear!

“Waiting” by Becky Vandyk

Stillwater Photowalk

Richard Hudson reported that a group of members hit the streets Saturday morning.  If you were there, please send your favorite photos to and they will be added to a gallery.  Give the photos a meaningful title that includes your name.  Size them at 960 pixels on the longest side.  Here is one by Becky Vandyk.

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Street Photography Outing and More

Street Photography Outing

“Paris Street Musician” by Terry Butler

Meet up with Richard Hudson and other members in the lobby of the Water Street Inn in Stillwater at 11:00 am this Saturday, June 15.  This is a place to strategize and collaborate that is close to the action.  If the weather holds, it’ll be a fun day!  If not, I will make a brief blog post early Saturday morning, so stay tuned.   Please send your favorite photos to and we’ll have a gallery.

  • Saturday, June 15, 11:00 am
  • Water Street Inn, 101 Water St S, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • Rain Date: Sunday June 16, 1:00 pm.
  • Map Link

A favorite blogger of Richard’s on the subject of street photography is Eric Kim. Here’s a page of his 30 tips.





Exhibit Inspiration

“Sunbathing” by Michael Huber – at the Hudson Library

Belwin Conservancy Exhibit

1553 Stagecoach Trail S, Afton, MN  55001

Features poster-sized images by Melissa Anderson, Betty Bryan, Terry Butler, Pat Chiconis, Marianne Diericks, Linda Luckey, and Carl Wegener.

Croixdale Exhibit

Yesterday I delivered the 23 canvas prints to the  Croixdale senior living facility in Bayport.  This collection of prints was made as a result of our “Capture the Western Prairie” club project that was begun in 2016.  This exhibit is part of the Phipp’s Healing Arts Program and has made numerous appearances since 2017.

Hudson Library

The current exhibit for the month of June features images by Michael Huber.  Please contact Michael Herrem if you are interested in showcasing your work in a future month.

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Flash Photography with Dave Johnson Follow-Up

At the May 15 meeting Dave Johnson gave his presentation that was very informative and included  a ton of information. 

Dave is one of the most generous people around and here is a link that he has made available to us as  pdf downloads.

Following the presentation  several members brought their own flash equipment to practice with Dave’s help.   Here is a practice image by Richard Hudson.  Well done, Richard!

Posted in Club Meeting Info, Meeting Summary

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Correction

My most recent post had the wrong address for the garden, which I discovered last Sunday when I previewed the location.  In just a short walk along the Trillium Trail there were many woodland flowers in bloom, very close to the path. 

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Group Outing

  • May 18, (Saturday) 8 am
  • 1 Theodore Wirth Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Parking is $1:00 per hour
  • Map link

The gardens open at 7:30 AM.  This 13 acre garden and bird sanctuary is a popular spot due to the huge variety of flowers and native plants along trails that visit bog, forest and upland prairie habitats.  There is no admission fee.  Informal photos of plants and garden areas for personal use are permitted while remaining completely on the trails at all times.  The use of tripods and other equipment is strongly discouraged. Any tripods or equipment used must remain completely on the trails at all times and must not impede other visitors’ ability to walk on a trail.  This time of the year is the best for woodland flowers and spring ephemerals.  I plan on bringing a tripod, reflector and diffuser.

Please send your best shots to and I’ll put up a gallery.

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